Before the Trachoma Initiative started work, over 6 million people were at risk of losing their sight to trachoma in Mozambique.
The Trachoma Initiative in Mozambique is providing surgery to people with trichiasis – the advanced and most painful stage of the disease – in four provinces in the country.
What we’re doing about it
Led by the Ministry of Health in Mozambique, we’re working with communities and a network of partners to make significant progress towards eliminating trachoma in the country by the end of 2019.
The work of the Trachoma Initiative in Mozambique began by training and certifying surgeons to correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. Health workers in local communities have also received vital tools and training to raise awareness about the surgical services available and to assist those in need of treatment. As a result, we have been able to provide surgery to people with the most advanced, blinding stage of the disease.
Progress so far
Mozambique is making excellent progress towards eliminating trachoma. From 6 million people at risk of trachoma when our work first began, there are now just 600 cases of trachoma left, to find and treat across the country.
So far, we have delivered 34 training sessions to surgeons and have provided sight-saving surgery to over 5000 people. The Initiative has trained 2,605 case finders to locate people in need of treatment, helping to reduce surgeons’ time spent screening patients at outreach camps.
With the exception of Namuno, Nhamatanda and Macomia, all districts have either reduced the prevalence of trachoma to achieve elimination thresholds and/or have conducted an impact survey showing that trichiasis is below 0.2 per cent of the population.